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Merrimack Valley

December 5, 2012

Anonymous donor pays abused kitten's $1,200 hospital bill

LAWRENCE — A story of animal cruelty has sparked a dose of human generosity.

On Wednesday, The Eagle-Tribune reported a Lawrence man is facing criminal charges for breaking the jaw of a 4-week-old kitten by apparently throwing it against a wall in a fit of anger. Donations were sought for the kitten’s emergency medical care.

Yesterday, a man paid the kitten’s $1,200 emergency medical bill at Johnson Veterinary Hospital at 160 Winthrop Ave. In addition, dozens dropped off donations at the hospital — money that will now be used for an emergency animal treatment fund there.

People have “absolutely been so generous,” said Janet Linehan, a hospital receptionist who was collecting donations and fielding calls yesterday. The donor, a longtime client at Johnson’s, wants to remain anonymous, Linehan said.

“He didn’t even ask for a receipt,” she said.

Hospital staffers re-named the kitten “Hemingway” and Linehan said there have been many calls from people wanting to adopt him. “He is amazing,” she said.

“Please let people know we are so thankful for everything they have done,” she said.

Edwin Hernandez, 30, of 32 Lawrence St., room 37, was issued a summons for the animal cruelty charges. He allegedly threw the kitten at a wall and may have also struck the cat in the head several times.

Because he was issued a summons, Hernandez is entitled to a hearing before a clerk magistrate. If the clerk determines sufficient evidence exists, Hernandez will be arraigned on the animal cruelty charges in Lawrence District Court.

Donations for the emergency medical care fund can be sent to Johnson Animal Hospital, 160 Winthrop Ave., Lawrence, Mass. 01843.

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter under the screenname EagleTribJill.

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